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Registration Honors College offers unique for Winds of Change still academic experience for AMK Living learning community to open in July going on, conference will be held on Feb. 10-11 at MSUB
Mary Beth Cleavelin The South Texan

The South Texan - February 8, 2011


MusicFest will be on February 10, 2011 on University Boulevard on the TAMUK Campus and will kick off at 4 p.m. Admission is free, but will be accepting donations at our “Keep ARK Afloat” drive to support our local animal shelter, Animal Rescue Kleberg (ARK). The event is open to everyone, so make sure to put this awesome event down on your calendar. For more information, visit or call 361-539-2760.

Music Fest 2011

Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host the 5th Annual Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Feb. 10 -11. Winds of Change, the “university of the future,” will be held in the Memorial Student Union Building. Keynote speaker is Jose Antonio Bowen, Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bowen was nominated by both students and colleagues for teaching awards at Georgetown University and he has been a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom, including podcasts and online games. Author of “Teaching Naked: Why Removing Technology From Your Classroom Will Improve Student Learning,” Bowen will join 34 other speakers. Twenty-nine of the scheduled presenters are from Texas A&M UniversityKingsville. Topics to be discussed include: enhancing learning experiences through technology, mentoring millennial students, graduating the “Gaming Generation” in 4 (or 6) years and involving undergraduates in research. 33 have already signed up for the conference, which includes hors d’oeuvres on Thursday and a luncheon on Friday afternoon. The conference is scheduled to end at 5:30 Friday with the awarding of prizes, evaluation of conference and light refreshments. Early registration has closed but registration is still available at the door for $35. Registration begins at 3 p.m., with the actual conference beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Honors College Rendering Hall
Genesis Urbina The South Texan

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IEP looking for host families
Hector Castelltort The South Texan grounds and help our students to practice the English language which they are here to study; it gives our students a look into the culture and the American life style while they are here,” Bell said. To be part of this project either as a host or student, those interested must fill out an application at the Intensive English Program and fill out a questionnaire, just to make sure that both parties are similar and they will have a good experience. “We have an application that we have available in our Intensive English Program Office, there are not a set requirements for that, but we do have a questionnaire to make sure that their values and that they are able to provide matches with the students they are looking for, so we will never put people that are conflicting with each other, we are trying to make it a harmonious experience for both.” Bell said. This experience can help students to network with other people that will help while in Kingsville when they need a ride or just help in general. “A lot of them (international students) are already here on campus. Since they are international students that are here first semester, they do not have the ability to drive, they do not have family

It is unique, inspiring and contagious. The new living learning community Honors College at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is coming forth with unique academic focuses with the integration of leadership, community service and high-quality learning opportunities. Dolores Guerrero, Dean of Honors College, is excited to be part of something so empowering and beneficial to all students at the university. “We are committed to reach and motivate students and focus on high-achieving students,” Guerrero said. Honors College is a community for all students to gain a more in-depth academic experience and reach a higher level of critical thinking, self-discovery and motivation. “Honors students develop a sense of camaraderie and close friendship in their work together in the course, relationships that carry over into other university work,” Brenda Melendy, history professor, said. Last semester more than 25 students were recruited into the program and faculty member Margarita Garcia, administrative assistant II and assistant dean, Sue Nichols were welcomed into the college.

The English Intensive Program (IEP) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is looking for host families for the international students during weekends and university breaks. With this plan, IEP is looking forward to teaching students more about the American culture and give them the opportunity to practice the English language, Nicolette Bell, administrative assistant III, said. “We are asking for the family to host them for an evening or maybe a couple of days and to show them their culture and their family values and give them an impression of the American way of life and life here in South Texas,” Bell said. This project is a win-win situation for both families and students, because students will not only practice the language and learn about the culture, but the family will also be able to learn about the culture the students comes from and learn the language spoken in that culture, Bell said. “It is a cultural enrichment for both parties, for the families that are going to learn more about the students that come from more different cultural back-

Talented Experience helps students network Kingsville quilters display work at Conner Museum
Julie Navejar Marketing and Communications that can take them to different places, so the student doesn’t have to stay with them the whole semester, they can just take them for a day and just share different experiences,” Bell said. The IEP instructs students to learn the language on writing and speaking and learn about the culture. Most of the students that attend to the IEP program get enrolled into classes here at the University. For more information contact Noemi Castillo or Nicolette Bell at (361)593-2855 or at

While the Honors College maintains great communication with other departments on campus, students benefit from this association by taking courses in their declared major, Guerrero said. “Though I have taken several Honors courses, the one that has affected my career path the most was an honors course by contract with Dr. Doreen Kinkel,” Belinda Flores, senior animal science major, said. “The course was Livestock Management Techniques. I was able to gain hands-on experience working with livestock and was able to research the affect of the social media You Tube on popular (though not always accurate) beliefs of our current livestock production industry,” she said. The opportunities are endless once students step through the door of Honors College and their enthusiasm which, according to history professor Brenda Melendy, “is contagious, infecting faculty and other students alike.” With the help of motivated honors students and the Honors College staff, a highquality learning environment continues to spread around campus. For some the idea of taking Honors courses has become intimidating due to the fact that many imagine being overloaded with work but that is not the case at all. It’s not more work, it’s more in-depth,”

Nichols said. Besides the fact that an Honors course consists of only 10-12 students, some of the opportunities available to Honors students include field trips, break-out sections into special study groups, and implementing student designed curriculum projects, said Melendy. “Students in my honors World History class this semester will travel to the Houston Holocaust Museum, Feb. 11. They will design an event or commemoration for Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 2 and they will work together in small groups to develop curriculum based on individual interests in contemporary global problems,” Melendy said. Some of the new changes to expect are the recognition of honors courses on transcripts, which before were only recognized through separate certification. Also, many await the change from Cousins Hall to the new Honors College Residence Hall this July. Its currently in progress on Avenue B north of the newly-constructed residence hall, University Village. T he residence hall will consists of 300 beds, Honors College offices, seminar rooms and study rooms. Aside from the fast and great improvements, the addition of new faculty and upcoming events, Guerrero sincerely makes clear that “there’s still lots to be done.”

The art of quilting is on display at the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville thanks to an annual exhibit created by the Kingsville Saturday Quilters. A Celebration of Quilting 2011 will be up in the west wing of the museum through Thursday, March 31. This year’s exhibition features a wide variety of quilts, from traditional to abstract. Each of the 34 works of art was created with time and patience from different patterns. The youngest quilter to have work on display is a teenager while the oldest is 90. The Kingsville Saturday Quilters meet the fourth Saturday of the month in the Kleberg County Extension Building on Yoakum Street in Kingsville. Other interested quilters are invited.z The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 361-593-2810.